Casting: Zhang, Whitaker, Hamm, Sumner, Kang

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Zhang Ziyi has joined Legendary and Warner Bros.’ creature feature “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” in a deal that calls for the actress to feature in other films in the Monsterverse – likely including Adam Wingard’s “Godzilla vs Kong”.

Zhang’s character is a key figure in the covert, creature-cataloging Monarch organization established in both “Godzilla” and “Kong: Skull Island”. Michael Dougherty is directing “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” from a script by Dougherty and Zach Shields. [Source: Heat Vision]

Tag
Jon Hamm will join Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Rashida Jones and Annabelle Wallis in the Jeff Tomsic-directed comedy “Tag” at New Line Cinema. Mark Steilen and Rob McKitrrick penned the project.

The true story tale follows a group of friends who have been playing a hardcore game of tag for the last 30 years. Hamm will play an overachiever, both in high school and in life, who is now a successful businessman. [Source: THR]

How It Ends
Forest Whitaker is set to join Theo James in director David M. Rosenthal’s “How It Ends”. Brooks McLaren penned the story which centers on a mysterious apocalyptic event that turns the roads into mayhem, and a young father who will stop at nothing to get home to his pregnant wife on the other side of the country. Filming is slated to begin next month in Winnipeg, Canada. [Source: Variety]

Snowpiercer
Mickey Sumner (“Frances Ha”) has joined the upcoming “Snowpiercer” series at TNT. Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs also star in the futuristic thriller which is set to be directed by Scott Derrickson and based on the acclaimed movie of the same name.

Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this television adaptation. [Source: TV Line]

Code 8
Sung Kang (“Fast and Furious”) will join cousins Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell in the Jeff Chan-directed indie sci-fi thriller “Code 8”. Kang will play Agent Park, the head of a militarized police unit with shooting through mid-July in Toronto.

The story is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with varying supernatural abilities, with most ‘specials’ facing discrimination, living in poverty and resorting to crime. [Source: Heat Vision]